Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’

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My fellow Americans, we address you tonight for one reason only: the President of the United States - having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill - has shut down the government. "The president said law enforcement professionals have requested the $5.7 billion; it is he who requested it and it is he who said he would own the shutdown".

Fox News dominated MSNBC and CNN during coverage of President Trump's Oval Office address and Democratic response on Tuesday night, according to early Nielsen data.

Mr Trump says Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said "no" when he asked her if Democrats would approve funding for a barrier, within a month, if he agreed to end the government shutdown. NBC's Chuck Todd made the same point.

As almost 800,000 federal workers still go without pay, the president remained at an impasse with congressional Democrats as he prepared to head to Capitol Hill to huddle with members of his own party behind closed doors on Wednesday.

As he's done since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Trump cherry-picked uncited statistics and cases to illustrate his unproven belief that undocumented immigrants are synonymous with crime.

Senator Doug Jones of Alabama said, "We need to dial back the rhetoric and not use fear".

"So that doesn't pay for anything", Smith said, adding the "country as a whole does not support" the wall.

Then came his joke: "They should either reject him outright, or if he insists on speaking in prime time, make him do it as a contestant on 'The Masked Singer, '" referencing the new singing competition show on Fox. "ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS knew that their customers would not be happy if the President ate into time reserved for some of the most popular shows on television, including The Big Bang Theory and Bones", The Washington Post reported in 2014. "For those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask to imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken", he said. Even worse, Trump's address showcased that there's likely no end in sight to the government shutdown that's heading into its third week. "That's the problem for putting this on the air", former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.

Trump's narrative about the southern border "really is fiction. Fact: vast majority comes through legal ports of entry". Kimmel quipped. "That's either a hall or the White House morgue, I'm not sure". That prompted a bitter exchange between the two. Farmers and small businesses won't get loans they desperately need. "This is about whether we fulfil our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve", Trump said.